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A Marvelous Manifestation (6 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. Last week's lesson was entitled, "A Glorious
Reconciliation." It had to do with the need for our reconciliation to God, the plan for reconciliation, and the condition for our reconciliation.
a. What we know is that Adam and Eve sinned in the
Garden of Eden. As a result, in Adam, man was separated from God--shut off from His presence. The only way for our reconciliation was for Christ to die on the cross, which He willingly did.
1) That's what makes this reconciliation so glorious. We have a willing Savior and a needy sinner... Jesus willing to die in order to bring us back to God. Is there a story any more glorious than that?
2) Notice (vs.14), "In Whom we have redemption
through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins."
2. Our lesson tonight is found in the title of the message,
"A Marvelous Manifestation." Please let me give you three points to our outline:
I. A Marvelous Manifestation of the Mystery
II. A Marvelous Manifestation of the Minister
III. A Marvelous Manifestation of the Message
I. A MARVELOUS MANIFESTATION OF
THE MYSTERY (vs.26)
1. What is this mystery to which Paul refers? Keep in mind,
the word "mystery" in this context is not the ordinary usage of the word, as we would typically use it. The word mystery here means, "a heretofore unrevealed truth." It is something that had never been revealed in the O. T., except in type and shadow; but now through Paul, this mystery has been revealed--and it is a marvelous manifestation.
a. Paul wrote in Romans 16:25-26, "Now to him that is of
power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made ...
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